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How many people here ever take their cross bike on a "real" mountain bike trail?

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How many people here ever take their cross bike on a "real" mountain bike trail?

Old 02-02-09, 05:48 PM
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Yeah, I didn't own a mountain bike for a year.

My 29er hardtail is faster though, on all but the tamest off road.

But I still ride the cross bike when it's either a long way to the trailhead, the mountain bike is out of commission, or I just want a change of pace.

Edit: And to those of you who say that mountain bikes are overkill for any kind of off road...lol

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IYjTzq2xisU

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Old 02-03-09, 11:18 AM
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Remind me not to try that on the CC.
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It's front brake and fixed gear rear.

Wow, I'm guessing that's not going down "re-pack road" anytime soon!
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I do. This is me in Roys Redwoods in Fairfax, CA.



Shortly before this picture I took out a tree. Its a pretty fast descent. I nearly also ran into a cow.

I have also done many trails on Mt Tamalpias, and Skeggs.

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what's the word on carbon fiber cross forks for trail riding? will it break like soviet russia?
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ive been pretty happy with my woundup so far. seems strong, and it was much stiffer than the alpha q I had before, to the point I noticed a slight improvement in my braking. the guy I normally do moutain cross rides with is on a full carbon frame and he rides harder than I do and its held up just fine.
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Originally Posted by caloso
I don't even have a proper CX bike (or gears for that matter), just an old steel roadie with CX tires.



Unfortunately, I died after taking this photo.
Looks awesome...what's your gearing like? I'm still considering SS gearing for my bike.
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Originally Posted by caloso
I don't even have a proper CX bike (or gears for that matter), just an old steel roadie with CX tires.



Unfortunately, I died after taking this photo.
How did you get big tires on the road bike?
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This was an unsanctioned race here in the bay area yesterday...



pics here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/plattyj...7613463378247/
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That looks amazing dude, which bike did you ride?
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Old 02-08-09, 09:49 AM
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Haha it looks brown now. I agree with your assessment of the Wound Up fork, it's the stiffest fork I've ever used. I switched from a steel fork and braking and steering response is much crisper. No wonder why Seven and Spectrum offers this as stock equipment.
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Old 02-08-09, 11:59 AM
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I think I saw that frame in the Show Your CX thread. If I'm being a jerk, say so, but is there any paint on the frame? Please tell me you won't let it rust into bits.
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Old 02-08-09, 02:33 PM
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heh. no paint yet. ill paint it eventually. it was made by a friend, who fully supports me abusing it till it falls apart, and then we'll build it again with what we learned about geometry and handling characteristics, as well as braze on locations. it was a learning experiment.
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That's a really nice setup, IMHO. Next time you build it, if you're 110% sure about what you want, do it with Reynolds 953 and just clear coat it. Mmmmm....
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heh. no paint yet. ill paint it eventually. it was made by a friend, who fully supports me abusing it till it falls apart, and then we'll build it again with what we learned about geometry and handling characteristics, as well as braze on locations. it was a learning experiment.
Didn't know it was a test frame- wish I had friends with framebuilding talent! Ride in peace.
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Originally Posted by buck65
Looks awesome...what's your gearing like? I'm still considering SS gearing for my bike.
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Old 02-08-09, 10:29 PM
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Originally Posted by bryroth
How did you get big tires on the road bike?
Very carefully.



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Done it twice now. I'm ambivalent. First time was on a genuine cross-country trail (near Beechworth, Victoria - a flaming inferno atm I believe). It was great on the flat and uphill, but got a little scary downhill. I went over a few jumps and really scared myself - the high seat position and drop bars aren't great. I don't find using the tops all that much better.

Second time, I put knobby tyres on, and went on what is actually a hiking trail with a pretty rough surface in parts. I had an awesome time. When the track flattened out, it was great to ride really really fast, then you just have to grit your teeth a bit for the rough descents. I'd recently been downhill mtb'ing on a proper mtb in Peru, and the two experiences just don't compare - on the cross bike, it feels more like trying to survive the steep downhills rather than actually relishing them. It would be a lot more fun with an adjustable seat or something maybe.

I think I'll definitely give it another go though. And it's great if you're combining tarmac and off-road. But for pure off-road, it's not ideal.
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Originally Posted by kergin
what's the word on carbon fiber cross forks for trail riding? will it break like soviet russia?
I have no fear. Just don't hit cars - they don't survive that. Specialized Tricross Sport 2009 btw.

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I find that interrupt levers help a ton on descents. keeps your weight further back and causes less hand fatigue.
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Old 02-09-09, 10:28 AM
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I like your sticker, HRC=
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^ What width tires are those?
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They're 30mm Kenda Kwicks, although they actually measure more like 28.5mm. They just barely fit under the calipers. Works fine on a dry trail. Not so well with mud.
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